The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, which is now known as the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence & U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, was founded in July 1972, and graduated its first students in 1973. Since that time, the NCOL CoE & USASMA have graduated hundreds of thousands of Soldiers from various Noncommissioned Officer Education System courses, and continually adapts to meet the needs of our nation’s defense. The Center is headed by a three-star level nominative command sergeant major and is supported by a world-class staff and academic faculty.
Our mission is to provide Professional Military Education that develops enlisted leaders to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world; and develop leaders who are fit, disciplined, and well-educated professionals.
USASMA in the News
NCO academies prepare for new Basic Leader Course
In just eight months, the newly redesigned Basic Leader Course will launch at each of the Army’s 32 NCO Academies. To ensure each academy is prepared to teach the new curriculum, as well as adapt to the new teaching method, the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy is conducting Train the Trainer sessions for select individuals.
“We are bringing in representatives from all of the NCO academies that teach the Basic Leader Course and giving them training on the new curriculum,” William R. Ogletree Jr., director of Curriculum Development said. “We are doing two weeks – the first is focused on the Experiential Learning Model, problem solving, critical thinking and writing. The second week is focused on the curriculum itself – a deep dive into the lesson plans.”
Ogletree said the individuals will obtain a full immersion into the new course including the assessments and how to deliver the lessons in the classroom.
“The outcome is the representatives who are sitting here for two weeks getting the training, will go back and establish their faculty development program within their respective NCO Academy,” he said. “They can go back and train the folks and their cadre on the new curriculum so that when we do roll out the new course in January, we won’t have as many problems starting out.” …. Read More
What to expect for the new BLC
Many discussions are happening across the Army about what the newly redesign Basic Leader Course will be like. Below are some of the big changes for the Basic Leader Course:
- Minimal PowerPoint slides (No Death by PowerPoint)
- Emphasis is on collaborative learning (students working in groups through difficult issues) instead of lecture-type lessons
- Teaching students “How to think” instead of “What to think”
- Students become trainers of Skill Level 1 tasks instead of training on Skill Level 1 tasks themselves (Land navigation will be executed differently)
- Emphasis is on thinking, writing, speaking and training as a leader
To Develop, Integrate and Deliver Education and Training Readiness.
What Do We Do?
We Develop, Teach, Maintain. Train. Distribute, Operate
Uzbek delegation visits Academy
The NCO leadership Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy hosted a delegation from the Uzbekistan Ministry of Defense and National Guard March 26 in an effort to build stronger ties between them and the U.S., and to provide the delegation with an overview of the U.S. Army NCO Professional Development System and the functions of our NCO Academies.
The team, consisting of Col. Ganiev Shukhrat and Lt. Col. Zafardjon Sulaymonov of the Uzbek National Guard; and Lt. Cols. Sukhrabkhon Akhrorov and Shukhrat Zakhidov of the Uzbek Ministry of Defense, spent the day receiving briefings from then NCO Professional Development and Education Directorate and the Fort Bliss NCO Academy commandant, Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Kelly.
The Uzbek team left with a better understanding of U.S. Army NCOPDS.
The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy is responsible for developing, maintaining, teaching, and distributing five levels of Enlisted Professional Military Education – Introductory, Primary, Intermediate, Senior and Executive. Each level best prepares the soldier to fight and win in a complex world as adaptive and agile leaders and trusted professionals of Force 2025. The Center routinely works with our partner nations to help educate and develop their noncommissioned officer corps.